Frovatriptan

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Frovatriptan
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Clinical data
Trade names Frova
Synonyms 6-methylamino-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-5H-carbazole-3-carboxamide
(6R)-6-methylamino-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-5H-carbazole-3-carboxamide
AHFS/Drugs.com Monograph
MedlinePlus a604013
Pregnancy
category
  • AU: B3
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
administration
Oral
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • In general: ℞ (Prescription only)
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 20–30%
Metabolism Hepatic
Elimination half-life 26 hours
Excretion Renal
Identifiers
CAS Number
PubChem CID
IUPHAR/BPS
DrugBank
ChemSpider
UNII
KEGG
ChEMBL
Chemical and physical data
Formula C14H17N3O
Molar mass 243.304 g/mol
3D model (JSmol)
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Frovatriptan (trade name Frova) is a triptan drug developed by Vernalis for the treatment of migraine headaches and for short term prevention of menstrual migraine. The product is licensed to Endo Pharmaceuticals in North America and Menarini in Europe.[1]

Pharmacology[edit]

Frovatriptan inhibits excessive dilation of arteries that supply blood to the head. It is available as 2.5 mg tablets.

Frovatriptan has mean terminal elimination half-life of approximately 26 hours, which is substantially longer than other triptans.

Mechanism of action[edit]

Frovatriptan is a 5HT receptor agonist, with high affinity for the 5-HT1B/1D receptors. It has no significant effects on the GABAA mediated channel activity and benzodiazepine binding sites.

Adverse effects[edit]

Serious but rare cardiac events have been reported in patients with risk factors predictive of CAD. These include: coronary artery vasospasm, transient myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

Contraindications[edit]

Frovatriptan should not be given to patients with:

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Cerebrovascular syndrome
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Hemiplegic or basilar migraine

US licensing[edit]

Frovatriptan is available only by prescription in the United States, and Canada where a secondary New Drug Approval (sNDA) was filed in July 2006.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frova". Vernalis. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Patient Information Sheet -- Frovatriptan succinate (marketed as Frova)". Food and Drug Administration. July 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 

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